By now, you've already heard quite a bit about Rock Band 3. No sense in repeating too much information, so here's the scoop: it brings in vocal harmonies, it adds a new keyboard peripheral to the mix, and extends gameplay (and the potential for real-world musicianship) with a "Pro" mode.
The music collection and new sorting features, or "I don't want to scroll through 500 Foo Fighters songs to find a song I want to play."
Borrowing a page from the Rock Band Network, the game will also now let you rate tracks using a "lighters" system. One lighter? Worst song ever. Five lighters? Maybe this is the song you lost your virginity to, who knows. The point is further personalizing your collection and your experience. Songs rated low will appear in random set lists with less frequency; songs rated highly will appear more often. You can even account for ratings when using the aforementioned filter system.
It should be noted that during the playable demo, the keyboard sat on a stand. It'll be possible to put it on your lap or a table as well. It also appears that you can put a strap on the peripheral.
We're going to need a bigger stage
Set lists and battles go social, and "The Nick Chester Case"
Rock Band Pro answers the burning question, "What the fuck is the point?"
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